AMERICAN REALISM. 1865-1910. Objectives/Goals for this Unit. RL 11.1: Cite strong and thorough evidence to support analysis of what the text specifically says as well as inferences RI 11.2: Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over a text .
American realists believed that humanity’s freedom of choice was limited by the power of outside forces.
A person has choices and some freewill, but environment and others can hamper those choices
American naturalists supported the determinism movement.
They argued that individuals have no choice because a person’s life was dictated by heredity and the external environment.